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Title: Room
Authors: Donoghue, Emma
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 401
Year: 2010
Publisher: Picador
Language: English
Description: Ma and Jack's world is limited physically to a space 11 foot square, but unlimited by imagination that transforms each and every facet of their existence. Jack is turning five and Ma realises that their world needs to expand. Although this is the story of their forced confinement and eventual escape, it is ultimately testimony to a profound relationship that not only makes it possible for them to survive the unthinkable but rise above it. Narrated by Jack, this is a powerful and moving novel which will have you repeatedly pacing out 11 foot square and asking yourself what if this had been me or someone I loved? What's Hot - April 2013


Comments from Groups:

Almost universally enjoyed and a great one for generating speculation as to what's next for the characters. Christchurch 186

A favourite with the group. A book to read on a wet day – it can't be put down. Nelson 051

We found this story of 5-year-old Jack [and his mother] very evocative, compelling and thought provoking...We all loved this top read. Masterton 005

A disturbing book but extremely well written and a gripping read. Wellington 107

Well thought out – telling the story through the child's eyes gave a whole new perspective...and from a mother's perspective how to keep a child healthy, educated and happy in almost impossible circumstances. Tauranga 018

Great read - disturbingly interesting. Christchurch 274

Categories: Fiction, Contemporary, Human Rights, Psychology, Relationships, Young narrator, What's Hot, Popular Book with Groups

Reviews

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By: AUCK 285 2018-01-31 13:56:51
4 
We thought this was a great read- creative and inventive. Some were disappointed by the second half where the mother and child adjust to the real world. Obviously a topical book given recent events in the USA, but it did make us wonder, with fear, how common this situation could be. Do we really know our neighbours, and how can such situations be concealed in a busy neighbourhood?

By: WHANG 020 2018-01-31 13:43:08
4.5 
It was inventive to write from the point of view of a 5 year old about such a disturbing, horrid situation. Everyone ended up liking the book overall, though some had a hard time engaging at first, and a person or two wanted the ending to include more of the next years of Jack's life, and how he adjusted. The discussion was lively because it was such an intriguing subject.

By: CHCH 348 2018-01-10 15:03:35
4.5 
Whilst a sensitive topic, it was very cleverly written and captivated those that chose to read it. It stimulated extensive discussion, and we found it thought provoking yet disturbing.

By: WELL 123 2018-01-10 14:41:26
4 
Despite finding the book hard work emotionally, we had a very thoughtful and insightful discussion.

By: TAUR 049 2018-01-10 12:38:03
5 
Without exception all thought this was a great book. None of us looked forward to the subject matter, but because of Donoghue's writing skills it was not as bleak and depressing as it could have been. Jack's voice was particularly strong while in 'Room', but faded a little in 'Outside'. The author was quite spare and subtle in her writing.

By: WHANG 022 2018-01-10 12:34:52
3.5 
Most of us found this gripping and well written. Others too traumatised by the concept to read it.

By: BALC 002 2018-01-10 12:33:21
5 
This book was well received by our group. Our discussion was robust and had highs and lows. Topics ranged from the dark and disturbing realities of confinement stories, to the wonderful way in which 'Ma' made the best of her situation to protect her son. Although a rather slow start, by the time we reached the climax of the story, we couldn't put it down.

 
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